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  • Amy Snow

  • A Novel
  • By: Tracy Rees
  • Narrated by: Melody Grove
  • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,925
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,925

It is 1831 when eight-year-old Aurelia Vennaway finds a naked baby girl abandoned in the snow on the grounds of her aristocratic family's magnificent mansion. Her parents are horrified that she has brought a bastard foundling into the house, but Aurelia convinces them to keep the baby, whom she names Amy Snow. Amy is brought up as a second-class citizen, but she and Aurelia are as close as sisters. When Aurelia dies at the age of 23, she leaves Amy 10 pounds. But Aurelia also left her much more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't miss out on this one.

  • By laurie eller on 01-24-17

Beautiful & Descriptive Tale of Friendship & Love

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-28-18

Amy Snow quickly drew me in and kept me interested in her story until the very end. I loved Tracy Ree's descriptive writing and the unhurried pace of this book. Melody Grove's narration is one of the best i've ever heard and drew me in as much as the story. At age 17, Amy had a challenging and unconventional task ahead of her as set out by Aurelia. Amy carried out her task to its end and this helped her confirm what was truly important in her life, and I think Amy was the better for it. I liked the ending of this novel. This is a novel I would listen to again.

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  • Tramp for the Lord

  • By: Corrie ten Boom
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 184

After her release from a concentration camp, Corrie ten Boom set out to become what she called a “tramp for the Lord,” traveling around the world at the direction of God and proclaiming his message everywhere. Throughout her life-long experiences, she learned a few lessons in God’s great classroom, which she here shares with listeners. Corrie introduces us to her former prison guard, who asks her for forgiveness; a war-crippled lawyer with a soul as twisted and deformed as his limbs; and more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great book to inspire you

  • By teachermice on 03-11-16

Journey of a Faith Filled Woman

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-13-18

This book is a true treasure and a must listen as it tells the story of Corrie Ten Boom’s life as related through many antidotal accounts how she allowed the Lord to work in her life, and the further development of her faith.

  • Wonderland Creek

  • By: Lynn Austin
  • Narrated by: Kate Forbes
  • Length: 15 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 603
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553

Six-time Christy Award winner Lynn Austin has won a loyal following for her inspiring historical fiction. In Wonderland Creek, young Chicago-area librarian Alice Grace Ripley is left heartbroken when her fiancé breaks up with her just as the Great Depression forces her out of a job. To escape the local gossip, Alice volunteers to deliver donated books to a library in rural Kentucky. There she discovers that God still has a plan for her after all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Depression Era Kentucky as a Librarian

  • By Sara on 06-26-14

Adventures Awaits Alice

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-12-18

I found this book highly entertaining, often laughing aloud in many parts. Alice truly finds adventure and friendship in the hills of Kentucky. Alice was forced out of her comfort zone of Blue Island, Illinois into the primitive (her description) Acorn, Kentucky. Alice has read about life in books, but has yet to truly experience it. Miss Lilly, Mac, the pack horse librarians, and several other Acorn residents all play a part in Alice’s transformation.

  • Lilac Girls

  • A Novel
  • By: Martha Hall Kelly
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Kathleen Gati, Kathrin Kana, and others
  • Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,016
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,811
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,779

New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline's world is forever changed when Hitler's army invades Poland in September 1939 - and then sets its sights on France. An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unknown History

  • By Kristi on 06-15-17

Triumph over Adversity

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-09-18

A very moving historical fiction account of the horrors at the Ravensbrück concentration camp in northern Germany. I liked the accounts of the characters which were read by different narrators. This is a story that must never be forgotten.

The only thing that bothered me about the story was that the author repeatedly had Caroline Ferriday who facilitated bringing a few of the women to America, who had been medically experimented on while prisoners at Ravensbrück, referring to these women as "the rabbits". I understood from reading the accounts of the horrendous experiments done to these women that the experiments caused some of the women to have permanent limps and some hopped because the damage to their legs was so damaging. I just found the author's use of "the rabbits" as a term to describe these women overused.

I highly recommend listening to this story.

  • The Stolen Marriage

  • A Novel
  • By: Diane Chamberlain
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,211

In 1944, 23-year-old Tess DeMello abruptly ends her engagement to the love of her life when she marries a mysterious stranger and moves to Hickory, North Carolina, a small town struggling with racial tension and the hardships imposed by World War II. Tess' new husband, Henry Kraft, is a secretive man who often stays out all night, hides money from his new wife, and shows no interest in making love. Tess quickly realizes she's trapped in a strange and loveless marriage with no way out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is the best book I have ever listened to!!!

  • By Sandi Johnson on 11-26-17

Couldn't Stop Listening

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-07-18

I especially enjoy books centered around actual events. The polio epidemic in Hickory, North Carolina was unknown to me before I listened to this historical fiction novel. The WWII era setting in the book was the same as my parents lived. My parents married prior to my dad being shipped overseas to the Pacific. My mother continued to work as an RN in the north. I was frustrated that Tess did not bring her dilemma to Vincent. Of course, if she had, there wouldn't have been this story. The storyline kept my engaged and the characters felt true to life for me.

  • Unequal Affections

  • A Pride and Prejudice Retelling
  • By: Lara S. Ormiston, Devleena Gosh PhD (Foreward)
  • Narrated by: Carmela Corbett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381

When Elizabeth Bennet first knew Mr. Darcy, she despised him and was sure he felt the same. Angered by his pride and reserve, influenced by the lies of the charming Mr. Wickham, she never troubled herself to believe he was anything other than the worst of men - until, one day, he unexpectedly proposed. Mr. Darcy's passionate avowal of love causes Elizabeth to reevaluate everything she thought she knew about him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great alternate finish to the novel

  • By Pezzilla on 02-02-14

Don't like "What If's"

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-12-17

Discovered I don't like "what if" stories. I returned this book first and foremost because I didn't like the narration.

My plea to authors is to leave P&P alone - stop re-telling Jane Austin!!

  • If You Only Knew

  • By: Kristan Higgins
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands, Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,437
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,338
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,328

Wedding-dress designer Jenny Tate understands the happily ever after business, yet somehow she's still involved in her ex-husband's life. In fact Owen's new wife may - inexplicably - be Jenny's new best friend. Sensing this, well, relationship isn't helping her move on, Jenny trades the Manhattan skyline for her hometown up the Hudson, where she'll be able to bask in her sister Rachel's picture-perfect family life...and hopefully make one of her own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story and amazing performance!

  • By Rannie on 07-27-16

Boring, couldn't get into the story

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-18-17

This is the first Kristen Higgins book I couldn't finish and normally I enjoy her books. Boring storyline and I thought both narrators sounded bored as well. I have listened to both of the narrators read other audiobooks and enjoyed their narration.

  • Me Before You

  • A Novel
  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,611
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,171

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Journey Into the Unknown

  • By Pamela Harvey on 01-13-13

Gut Wrenching Novel

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-17

What did you love best about Me Before You?

Louisa's openness and big heart.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Louisa

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

Louisa

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It bothered me that there was no mention of Will receiving help in dealing with the psychological effects of his condition. Will had so much to offer, but unfortunately he couldn't get past the man he used to be. Very sad. I'd like to see this same novel written where at the end of Louisa's six month contract, Will has changed his mind and wants to live and share his life with Louisa.

Any additional comments?

I did not like how the author referred to quadriplegics as "quads". I don't like it when people are described by their disability.

  • The Light Between Oceans

  • A Novel
  • By: M. L. Stedman
  • Narrated by: Noah Taylor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,409
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,623
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,585

In 1918, after four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia to take a job as the lighthouse keeper on remote Janus Rock. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes only four times a year and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Three years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel is tending the grave of her newly lost infant when she hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up on shore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Touching Story told and read with great insight.

  • By Deborah on 10-29-12

Condolences to Tom Sherbourne

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-26-16

What disappointed you about The Light Between Oceans?

The narration is dreadful! Noah Taylor is an actor by profession and this is the best he could do? Come on, I expect a lot better from a professional narrator.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I felt touched. If I say anything else it will reveal spoilers and I've been warned in this question not to reveal spoilers.

What didn’t you like about Noah Taylor’s performance?

Where to begin? My following dislikes are not necessarily in order: Mumbling and/or speaking so fast I could not understand most of what he was reading, dropping the ending of words, irregular cadence, sounds bored. A better narrator with an Australian accent could have turned out an understandable narration.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

All of the above, plus sympathy. Losing two babies to miscarriage and one to a stillborn birth is rough. It can mess with anyone's head. Isabel and Tom had no extended family or other people present on Janus Rock to help them with their losses. Sympathy for Hannah on the loss of her beloved husband, Frank, and her not knowing the fate of her husband and baby daughter.

Any additional comments?

I liked Tom's character and wish he could appear in a better novel. I found Tom's character diminished by the author. I think the book needed editing, as it rambled on to much at times. I did enjoy what I interpreted as metaphors: The isolation of Janus Rock to the mainland and same for Tom and Isabel; Tom felt removed from the world due to his war experiences and Isabel on the war related deaths of her two brothers. My review headline reflects my sympathies to Tom for having had the awful war experiences, loss of babies, seeing his wife suffer through the miscarriages and stillborn birth. Tom feeling torn about reporting the boat and trying to make Isabel happy. Most men want to make their wives happy and it pains them to see their wives suffering, Remember, men are problem solvers!

By the way, this review is written by a woman.

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  • The Summer I Dared

  • By: Barbara Delinsky
  • Narrated by: Julia Gibson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

On Big Sawyer island, life is as steady as the routine of the lobstermen who leave with the tide each morning and return with their haul each night. But for 40-year-old New Yorker Julia Bechtel, life and what’s important in it are about to be forever altered when she survives a terrible boat accident en route to the island. Now, in the company of her aunt and daughter, Julia finds herself feeling strangely connected to the tragedy’s other survivors - Noah, a divorced lobsterman, and Kim, a young woman rendered mute since her rescue - and newly outraged at the state of her marriage....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OK But Not One of Delinsky's Best

  • By Elizabeth B. Brandt on 05-24-11

Makes me want to visit Big Sawyer Island

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-23-16

What did you love best about The Summer I Dared?

Sweet love story. How people deal with adversity.

What other book might you compare The Summer I Dared to and why?

Can't think of one at the moment

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I have listened to other books narrated by Julia Gibson and her narration is top-notch, and she is one of my favorite narrators. So, I don't know if this narration is one of Ms. Gibson's earlier works and she has since greatly improved, but her narration of this novel was poor and greatly distracted from the dialogue of the characters. Ms. Gibson's swallowing was very audible and frequent throughout the book. I listened to most of the book on 1.25x speed as doing this shortened her swallowing time. I did finish listening to the book despite the poor narration because I am a big fan of Barbara Delinsky.

If you could rename The Summer I Dared, what would you call it?

The Summer I Stopped Being a Doormat. (I obviously find questions like this irrelevant for a review.)